Sanctioning Immorality in the Name of Legal Fiction
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the overthrow of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 made a mess of marriage. He opened a Pandora’s Box of future litigation. Polygamists see that they’re next in line for judicial satisfaction. who will be next?
It reminds me of the Neil Diamond song “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”:
It’s Love, Brother Love, say
Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies
And ev’ryone goes, ’cause everyone knows
Brother Love’s show
In order for same-sex marriage to be dignified, same-sex sex has to be dignified. There is no way morally, biologically, reasonably, or historically that same-sex sex can be made to look respectable. Once the abnormality of same-sex sex is dignified by legal fiction, we can no longer claim that any sexual relationship can be labeled inappropriate.
Using surrogate humans for their electrical charges (as in the Matrix) could be viewed as morally acceptable as killing children in the womb or using non-sex organs as orifices for official legal acceptance and calling the “union” marriage.
This brings me to Charles Lindbergh (1902–1974). There are probably millions of people today who have never heard of Lindbergh. Lindbergh was a national hero after he made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20–21, 1927.
Then there as the kidnapping and murder of the Lindberg baby (Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.) and the Trial of the Century that followed. “Newspaper writer H. L. Mencken called the kidnapping and subsequent trial ‘the biggest story since the Resurrection.”
If you don’t know much about Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight, I suggest you sit down and watch The Spirit of St. Louis (1956) starring Jimmy Stewart.It was a huge event.
The hero Lindbergh had a secret. While married to Anne Morrow, he had two families in Germany. He was a secret practitioner of polygamy.
“[F]rom 1957 until his death in 1974, Lindbergh had a relationship with German hat maker Brigitte Hesshaimer (1926–2003) who lived in a small Bavarian town called Geretsried (35 km south of Munich). On November 23, 2003, DNA tests proved that he fathered her three children. The two managed to keep the love affair secret; even the children did not know the true identity of their father, whom they saw when he came to visit once or twice per year using the alias ‘Careu Kent.’ . . . At the same time as Lindbergh was involved with Brigitte Hesshaimer, he also had a relationship with her sister, Marietta (born 1924), who bore him two more sons.”
If same-sex marriages are “dignified,” then what can anybody say against Lindbergh’s polygamy? The Court has turned law on its head. Now everything is up for grabs. The moral fallout will be devastating. It didn’t stop with same-sex marriage and it won’t stop with bigamy and polygamy as a federal judge just made evident in a Utah case.
It’s not that people are not living as adulterers, bigamists, and polygamists and won’t in the future. It’s been so since the beginning (Gen 4:19).
The issue is the sanctioning of these relationships by the courts. It’s one thing to acknowledge that people act immorally, it’s another thing to abolish laws that now legitimize such behaviors.
There is no longer a moral standard, a behavioral pou sto, a fixed moral place to stand. We are left with judges creating fiat law. We shouldn’t be surprised that they are doing this since the government has been making fiat money for a lot longer (see Isa. 1:21-23).